Office of Admissions Hosts Annual STAR Outreach Program
In an effort to reach out to academically talented and underrepresented minorities and young women, the Office of Enrollment Management hosted the annual Science, Technology, Arts and Architecture at Rensselaer (STAR) Program Oct. 13-15. The program provides high school seniors with an opportunity to get a glimpse of campus life at Rensselaer through a variety of programs that include attending classes with Rensselaer student hosts; leadership and team-building training with the Archer Center for Student Leadership Development; panel discussions with students; informational sessions on admissions, financial aid, and student life; and cultural offerings, tours, and dinners.
“The STAR program continues to expand our outreach to underrepresented minority students,” said Michael Moore, director of the multi-cultural recruitment program and associate director of admissions. “The program really provides rising seniors with a greater opportunity to explore their options in engineering and the sciences, and over the years we have seen a marked increase in the number of students that express interest in participating in the program.” This year, 113 students participated in the program.
Beyond academic and information sessions, the visiting students also had the opportunity to attend a series of social events, including the Sigma Delta Nuestra Belleza multicultural beauty pageant, a showcase of Rensselaer performing arts groups, and the Black Student Alliance variety show.
Rensselaer Union student organizations that participated in the program included the National Society of Black Engineers, the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers, African & Caribbean Students Association, Alianza Latina, the Black Student Alliance, the Society of Women Engineers, Women at Rensselaer Mentor Program, Phi Iota Alpha, Philippine American League, Sigma Delta, Sigma Lambda Upsilon, National Organization of Minority Architecture Students, the Rensselyrics, Rusty Pipes, and Kappa Alpha Psi.
The Class of 2015 comprises 1,192 students, in addition to a total of 120 transfer students from various institutions. The high-achieving group also includes 380 women and diversity in the geographic and international profile of the student body. More than 11 percent of the class is made up of underrepresented minority students.